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Union draw third priority for USOC Final hosting rights

Not improbable, but not automatic that the Union host the U.S. Open Cup Final again this year.

John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

In a blind draw conducted by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, the Union received the third priority for the right to host the U.S. Open Cup Final.

The Chicago Fire won the first priority, Real Salt Lake was picked second, and Sporting Kansas City drew the lowest priority, eliminating them from hosting the event.

The only scenario where the USOC Final comes back to PPL Park for the second straight year is if they defeat Chicago, obviously, and Sporting Kansas City advances past Real Salt Lake. If the Union beat the Fire, but RSL qualifies for the final from the other side of the bracket, the final will be held at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Both the Union and Sporting Kansas City will host their respective semifinals, which provides some optimism to those not exactly anticipating the flight (or drive!) to Salt Lake City.

The final will take place on either the 29th or 30th of September.